“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Bartow in Pocahontas County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Camp Allegheny 1861-1862

Camp Allegheny 1861-1862 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
1. Camp Allegheny 1861-1862 Marker
Inscription. Camp Allegheny, also known as Camp Baldwin and Camp Johnson, was constructed in the summer of 1861 by Confederate forces in order to control the Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike. (present day Pocahontas County Route 3). Following the October 3, 1861 battle at Camp Bartow, General Henry R. Jackson, C.S.A. moved his forces approximately nine miles southeast to this position. Here the Confederate army established winter quarters. The post was commanded by Colonel Edward Johnson of the 12th Georgia Infantry Regiment.

Attack at Camp Allegheny
With the exception of minor skirmishes with Federal pickets the soldiers settled into the routine of preparing for a harsh mountain winter. This routine was disturbed on December 13, 1861 as 1,900 Federal soldiers under General Robert H. Milroy attacked the position. Poor timing by the Union troops helped the 1,200 Confederate defenders to turn back each assault separately. Throughout the action the Confederates were able to outnumber the attacking troops. The engagement was a confused affair. Advantage ebbed and flowed during the roughly seven hours of fighting. Finally the Federal forces withdrew to Cheat Summit Fort. The Federals suffered approximately 137 casualties and the Confederates roughly 146.

The Winter of 1861-62
After the battle, life returned to the ofttimes
Map of Camp Allegheny image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 10, 2010
2. Map of Camp Allegheny
dull routine of service in a remote outpost. The winter was a severe one. Measles, pneumonia, and other diseases caused many deaths among the troops posted here. The Confederates abandoned Camp Allegheny in April of 1862. Supply difficulties as well as camp conditions contributed to the decision to leave. The site was reoccupied for short durations later in the war as part of raiding campaigns which were conducted in this area.

The locale appears much today as it did in 1861. Remains of earth and rock fortifications are visible. Cabin foundations and collapsed chimneys mark the living quarters. The fortification has the highest altitude, 4,400 feet above mean sea level, of any in the eastern Civil War theater.

In 1990 the special status of this fort in American history was recognized as Camp Allegheny was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Much of the fort is administered by the Monongahela National Forest for the benefit of the public. Please assist us in preserving this important place.

Artifacts, structures and archaeological resources at Camp Allegheny are protected by federal laws such as the Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979, as amended.

Please stay within the publicly owned portion of the site. Entry into private lands will require landowner consent. As you visit and enjoy Camp Allegheny please be certain
Close Up of the Left Portion of the Map image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 10, 2010
3. Close Up of the Left Portion of the Map
to leave it as you found it. If you observe artifacts please leave them in place and report them to U.S. Forest Service personnel. Should you observe anyone digging, using a metal detector, or collecting at this location please inform the Forest Supervisor at (304) 636-1800 or the District Ranger at (304) 456-3335.
Erected by Monongahela National Forest.
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 38° 28.418′ N, 79° 43.346′ W. Marker was near Bartow, West Virginia, in Pocahontas County. Marker was on Old Pike Road (County Road 3), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Located at a recreational access point in Monongahela National Forest. Marker was in this post office area: Bartow WV 24920, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Camp Allegheny (here, next to this marker); War In West Virginia (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Great Raid (approx. 1.3 miles away); Highland County / West Virginia (approx. 1.3 miles away in Virginia); Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike (approx. 1.3 miles away but has been reported missing); a different
Close Up of the Right Side of Map image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 10, 2010
4. Close Up of the Right Side of Map
marker also named Camp Allegheny (approx. 1.3 miles away); West Virginia / Virginia (approx. 1.3 miles away); a different marker also named Camp Allegheny (approx. 1.6 miles away in Virginia). Click for a list of all markers in Bartow.
More about this marker. On the upper left is a portrait of Johnson. Colonel Edward Johnson commanded Confederate forces during the engagement at Camp Allegheny. In recognition of this service during that action he was promoted to general. Below is a portrait of his opponent. General Robert H. Milroy led an unsuccessful attack on Camp Allegheny. On the right is a map of the site, showing the road structure, key components of the Confederate position, and the approximate lines used by the Federal attacks.
Regarding Camp Allegheny 1861-1862. This marker was replaced by a new one named Camp Allegheny (see nearby markers).
Also see . . .  Camp Allegheny. Resource page from Civil War Preservation Trust. The Trust listed the battlefield among the most threatened sites in 2010. (Submitted on July 11, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Civil
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5. Help Save Camp Allegheny
Camp Allegheny 1861-1862 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 10, 2010
6. Camp Allegheny 1861-1862 Marker
Camp Allegheny image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 10, 2010
7. Camp Allegheny
Looking across the field in front of the marker. The Confederate defensive line stood on the ridge spur in the distance. Traces of the camp and the earthworks stand throughout the area. Most of the works are on private property.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Linda Walcroft of Strasburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,005 times since then and 75 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Linda Walcroft of Strasburg, Virginia.   2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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